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BIAL Foundation
TI:"Final report - Brain activity during remote information access"
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DocumentFinal report - Brain activity during remote information access2011

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a
2008 Grants
Start date: 2009-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-054
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 3/2008
054 - Brain activity during remote information access
Duration: 2009-10 - 2011-06
Jérôme Daltrozzo, Boris Kotchoubey, Ahmed A. Karim
Institution(s): Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology, Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen (Germany)
Contents: Contents:
Bursary agreement
Application form
Financial report and expenditure documents
Progress reports
Final report
Language: eng
Daltrozzo, J.
Secondary author(s):
Kotchoubey, B., Karim, A. A.
Number of reproductions:
Psychophysiology / Out-of-body experience (OBE) / Brain structure and function / Sleep and dreams / Body awareness

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2008-054.01
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 3/2008
Final report - Brain activity during remote information access
Publication year: 2011
Abstract/Results: RESULTS:
Illusory own-body perception (IOBPs) such as out of body experiences (OBEs) and distortion of body parts have attracted most interest when reported by patients suffering near-death experiences, but they have also been reported to occur spontaneously in patients with epilepsy, during dreams and have been induced by electrical stimulation of the right temporoparietal junction (TPJ). However, the neurophysiological mechanisms involved in IOBPs remain elusive. The aim of this study was to investigate under which conditions transcranial brain stimulation (TBS) can induce IOBPs.
Most remarkably, we found that only inhibition of the TPJ induced IOBPs. Neither high-frequency TBS of the TPJ nor low-frequency TBS of a control site induced such effects. Thus, our effects were area and frequency specific. Although none of the subjects reported OBEs, low-frequency TBS of the TPJ induced illusory own-body perceptions such as twitching sensations and illusory movements of body parts. Spectral EEG analyses revealed that IOBPs could only be induced, if the deactivation of the TPJ was associated with the deactivation of the frontopolar cortex. Our data imply that the impairment of a temporoparietal and a frontal network is necessary for IOBPs. In a further study we investigated the effects of TBS during REM sleep on own-body perception in dream reports. Compared with sham stimulation, a significant decrease in the amount of movements in the dream report was found only after inhibitory TBS.
These studies reveal novel approaches for probing the neurobiology of IOBPs in the awake and the sleeping mind and might provide new insights in understanding the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders associated with abnormal own-body perceptions.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
By permission
Daltrozzo, J.
Secondary author(s):
Karim, A. A., Kotchoubey, B.
Document type:
Final report
Number of reproductions:
Indexed document:
Keywords: Psychophysiology / Sleep and Dreams / Out-of-body experience (OBE)

Final report - Brain activity during remote information access

Final report - Brain activity during remote information access